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I like Bryan Kehl (1 Viewer)

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I picked him up before the 49er game and he was active yesterday. I am unclear what role he will play this year and next.

For this year does he lock down the WLB position or will he still platoon when Wilkerson comes back (who I think has upside too).

NExt year when Osi comes back they without a doubt move Kiwi back to WLB so that IMO leaves Kehl without a job. Not sure what is going to play out here the Giants are deep at the linebacker position. Any thoughts?

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I picked him up before the 49er game and he was active yesterday. I am unclear what role he will play this year and next.

For this year does he lock down the WLB position or will he still platoon when Wilkerson comes back (who I think has upside too).

NExt year when Osi comes back they without a doubt move Kiwi back to WLB so that IMO leaves Kehl without a job. Not sure what is going to play out here the Giants are deep at the linebacker position. Any thoughts?

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Wasn't Kiwi playing SLB?
 
I picked him up before the 49er game and he was active yesterday. I am unclear what role he will play this year and next.

For this year does he lock down the WLB position or will he still platoon when Wilkerson comes back (who I think has upside too).

NExt year when Osi comes back they without a doubt move Kiwi back to WLB so that IMO leaves Kehl without a job. Not sure what is going to play out here the Giants are deep at the linebacker position. Any thoughts?

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Wasn't Kiwi playing SLB?
Correct, Kiwinuka was playing strong-side. I personally don't think Wilkinson is the solution at weak-side, he has had his chances and hasn't really produced. I would bet on Kehl moving forward.
 
I picked him up before the 49er game and he was active yesterday. I am unclear what role he will play this year and next.

For this year does he lock down the WLB position or will he still platoon when Wilkerson comes back (who I think has upside too).

NExt year when Osi comes back they without a doubt move Kiwi back to WLB so that IMO leaves Kehl without a job. Not sure what is going to play out here the Giants are deep at the linebacker position. Any thoughts?

http://iamspeaking.net
Gerris Wilkinson had improved his play before his injury and had earned the majority of the snaps. Kehl will have to look pretty good while Wilkinson is out to reverse that trend. Yesterday wasn't anything special from what I saw. He looks active, but doesn't make many plays.Kiwanuka played SLB last season and it's probably too early to project the future with him. I think it's better than 50-50 that he moves back to LB, but he looked better than he had all season at end yesterday, Tuck knows how to play inside and there's a full offseason of coaching and player movement and the draft to add variables to the mix.

Kehl is a nice prospect and has a legitimate shot at the WLB job in 2009. He probably only deserves a roster spot in fairly deep leagues right now, however.

 
I am sorry your right it is SLB that Kiwi was at. But Danny Clark is playing ball this year there. The stat sheet does not show it but he is playing good "NFL" ball. With his age and Kiwi's upside I think he goes back to being a reserve next year. He (Clark) doesnt fit well as a WLB. I will hold onto Kehl for the rest of this year and see how that plays out.

 
I still like Kehl. The defense is pretty muddled, for a weird reason - the DL is so loaded, you may see one of those guys shuffled to LB a fair amount.

 
I still like Kehl. The defense is pretty muddled, for a weird reason - the DL is so loaded, you may see one of those guys shuffled to LB a fair amount.
Giants homer, I think the Boley signing killed almost all of Kehl's value. The Giants want their playmakers on the field and It's probably going to be Boley/Pierce/KiWi, that's assuming all of our DE's stay healthy. If something happens to Tuck or Osi, KiWi would probably slide back and put his hand down. The other thing you have to factor in is the Giants were very high on Chase Blackburn and he produced when he received his playing time.
 
sportsmonkey_j said:
How do you feel about Kehl now?I think he has a legit chance to start and could be a solid producer.
Looks like the Giants would start the season with Antonio Pierce and Michael Boley outside -- and likely in every-down roles. Danny Clark played well enough on base defensive downs at SLB and it wouldn't be surprising to see Mathias Kiwanuka end up at SLB if Clark falters with Osi Umenyiora, Justin Tuck and Chris Canty rotating at end. Even if Kehl grabs the starting SLB role, it won't be an every-down thing. I don't see much upside here.
 
sportsmonkey_j said:
How do you feel about Kehl now?I think he has a legit chance to start and could be a solid producer.
Looks like the Giants would start the season with Antonio Pierce and Michael Boley outside -- and likely in every-down roles. Danny Clark played well enough on base defensive downs at SLB and it wouldn't be surprising to see Mathias Kiwanuka end up at SLB if Clark falters with Osi Umenyiora, Justin Tuck and Chris Canty rotating at end. Even if Kehl grabs the starting SLB role, it won't be an every-down thing. I don't see much upside here.
Is it assumed that Boley will be the WLB? Hasn't he always played SLB?
 
sportsmonkey_j said:
How do you feel about Kehl now?I think he has a legit chance to start and could be a solid producer.
Looks like the Giants would start the season with Antonio Pierce and Michael Boley outside -- and likely in every-down roles. Danny Clark played well enough on base defensive downs at SLB and it wouldn't be surprising to see Mathias Kiwanuka end up at SLB if Clark falters with Osi Umenyiora, Justin Tuck and Chris Canty rotating at end. Even if Kehl grabs the starting SLB role, it won't be an every-down thing. I don't see much upside here.
Is it assumed that Boley will be the WLB? Hasn't he always played SLB?
The Falcons didn't have a traditional SLB on the roster -- Demorrio Williams and Keith Brooking weren't better fits on the strong side than Boley. Boley was the best man coverage player of that group and the other two (particularly Brooking) preferred to play in space. However, you're correct that Boley could fill the same role for New York and stay on the strong side. The question will be whether the Giants would rather have Boley over Clark (or Kiwanuka) on the strong side with Kehl on the weak side or Boley on the weak side. I think the roundabout we saw at WLB last season followed by choosing Boley early in the free agent period and the composition of the current roster at LB would argue that Boley is likely to play the Will.
 
Coughlin, Reese and Boley after the signing...

From the Giants ...

Tom Coughlin:We see him as a WIL. With Michael Boley, we’ve addressed a position of need. We feel we have brought to the New York Giants an athletic, versatile linebacker. He’s a guy that has not been used a lot in blitzing or pressure, because they’ve used him in coverage. He can cover, but we think we can take advantage of his speed. He is fast and athletic. I think we can call upon him to be involved in coverage and to be a pressure linebacker. He’s also a special teams player; he played on the punt team and the punt return team, so we know we can get good value out of that.”

"I thinnk we're helped ourselves today."

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Jerry Reese: “Michael is a three-down player who is durable and athletic. He is a fast playmaker who can play both SAM and WIL. Michael will immediately upgrade our speed on defense.”

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Michael Boley: “I’m excited. It’s a new beginning. This is a great team and a great organization. I’m looking forward to getting started here.”

On playing the weak side: “It’s a different feel. I did a lot of blitzing in college. In Atlanta, I played the WIL in our sub package. I think it’s going to be great for me. If the coaches want me to blitz, I’ll blitz. If they want me to cover, I’ll cover. Doing all those different things is going to be great.”

On moving to the NY area: “It’s really going to be different. I’ve never lived up north before. It’s going to take some adjusting to get used to. I came up here once some years ago; my mom is a nurse and she was up here working for a couple of months. That’s the only time I’ve been to New York. I liked it, going to see the sights and the different things in the city.”

On the offseason program: “As soon as we get started, I’ll be here. I want to come in and get to work. It’s a new team and I want to get here early and get a jump on things. We have to get better. It’s a whole new season coming up and a lot of teams have been getting better already.”
 

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